How to stop a dog from “crying” when crate training it?

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Jai: How do you stop a dog from “crying” when crate training it?
Rottweiler, 10 weeks, been crate training for 3 weeks, always cries/ whines/ barks when placed in cage as if being punished. Tried shorter amounts of time, remaining in the area while she is in it, feeding her in/ out of the crate, but she still cries. She also chews her urine training pad into a million peices overnight!!! The only time she is hyper or misbehaves is in the crate.

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Answer by mina
let her out!!!!!!!!!!!

Answer by Manny M

good grief! Crates are supposed to be a safe haven for dogs.. If he is crying all of the time, it is not a safe haven, but a torture chamber..then you will wonder why he ‘snaps’ and attacks you one day..He will be remembering the hell you put him though as a frightened baby..
Get a good book on basic pup training, and throw the darn crate away…

Answer by lillyynn

Okay , first of all I don’t think crate training works for every dog. I tried to crate train mine but then he found an easy solution to get out of the crate: peeing inside the crate!
If your puppy is still crying, whining inside the crate after 3 weeks, then he does not want to be in the crate, buy a pet playpen and cover it w pee pee pads, put some toys,food and water inside! That worked perfectly for mine. I bought mine from
All dogs chew on the pee pee pad, it is not a big deal. Why do u even try to paper train a rottweiler? He is going to be a big dog and why would u want such a big dog doing his business in the pee pee pad? Start housetraining him by taking him outside.

Answer by tjb

The first few days of crate training can be hard on you and the pup. The best thing for you to do is, put her in the crate and go to Wal-Mart or something. I promise after a few days, she will learn to love her crate. Dogs are den animals and she will consider this crate her private place. In time you will see her sneaking off to her crate when she wants to be alone, whether for a nap or for night night!! If you have friends or children over and she isn’t exactly fond of them, she will go get in HER bedroom!!! Crate training is also wonderful for traveling. It keeps them safe in a car or plane, and if you are going to see Aunt crabby who doesn’t like dogs, she can rest at ease!! Contrary to Carole Anne’s answer, it is not cruel, it is absolutely the best way to housebreak, and if you teach them confinement you will always be able to confine them if you have too, like on air planes or Motels, who will let you have your pet if it is confined without bothering the other guests. Oh, and don’t use piddle pads or any other pads. All your doing with these things are teaching her that is is OK to pee in the crate or worse in the house, which is what your trying to teach her not to do. You are defeating the whole purpose! Throw them away!!! Good luck!

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  1. pesothepaso says

    Ignore the crying, do not remain in the area. And provide chew toys in the crate. Dogs like to have a place of their own and she will soon get over it and view the crate as "her house."

  2. chetco says

    She obviously hates it in there…I can see a use for crate training, if the owner has too many valuables and too little time to actually train a puppy….but I would never use a crate to teach my pup house manners, any more then I would keep my child in a cage…I just don't get it..

  3. RetardGirl says

    You have to ignore her.
    Give her a toy or two to cuddle with, that will help.
    You will have to give her time since she is so use to sleeping with her siblings.
    Stuffed animals will remind her of them and she can cuddle with it. just like when she cuddles with her brothers and sisters.
    Try to keep her outside for at least an hour before bedtime or play with her or walk her before bed so she will be tired.
    Well good luck.

  4. sabina-2004@sbcgloba says

    Don't feel sorry for her in there. She picks up on that. It does sound like she has separation anxiety, but can you imagen what would happen to your house if you would have to leave her? Cover the crate to create a more "cave" like feel that is a little more natural to them. My cocker didn't liked it at first. but now it is her home, she growls at the cats when they get near it and also hides her toys in it, plus things she manages to steal out of the trash or of the counters, little stinker. I always put a treat in thereto make it a more pleasant experience. Good luck and stay tuff, you will not regret cratetraining your puppy.

  5. andy pandy says

    i know others have said this but it sounds like you've done everything but ignoring it. The crate needs to be a space just for the puppy. It has to be enjoyable. the way it's doing that for itself is getting your attention. I would give it newspaper, instead of the potty paper (it has the same effect) and something fun to keep it busy. try a KONG toy with a little bit of peanut butter or wet dog food in the middle. this toy is just it's crate toy, something that takes a while to do, and that is fun and doesn't require human interaction. It might take more than a couple shots to get it to stop whining. but everytime you go to check on it when it does, or even worse, let it out, you are just reassuring the dog that it can manipulate you. It's not about it being your friend, it's about it becoming a well trained dog that can later become your friend!

  6. petsitterjoy says

    Keep the crate door open when you have her out of the crate. Let her know that this isn't a punishment house. When you must crate her, turn on a radio when you aren't there. If it is at night, cover all but one side of the crate with a light blanket. Or put the crate in front of the t.v. and turn on a cartoon channel. Also throw treats in there when the door is left open. This way she will eventually go in to get the treats and see that she can come back out again. Buy a Kong and smear peanut butter or cream cheese inside, freeze it and then give it to her when she must be crated. Don't use the piddle pads. Buy towels from garage sales and use those.

  7. Carol Anne says

    if your dog only misbehaves in a crate, why is she in it??? it's for dogs that misbehave. do you think it may be counterproductive? please let your dog out, i think it is cruel especially since there is no reason for it.

  8. duh says

    You have got to walk away from her and the crate. Go outside, take a walk. As long as she can see you or hear you she will keep it up. By the time you get back she should be quiet. Also leave the crate open all of the time, except when she needs to be in it. After awhile she will find it to be her safe place. My dog cried at first, but by the next time he was fine.

  9. mslindseynicole says

    completely ignore the dog.. do not let it even see you. if it whines then scold it and walk away until it stops. repeat if necessary.

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